09/11/18 - 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
Department Seminar: Professor Ian Tonks
Research in Professor Tonks' group is focused on designing new and practical organometallic catalytic transformations for the atom-economical synthesis of complex chemicals from simple feedstocks. Three major research interests:
- Using early transition metal catalysts for new redox reactions, and understanding how to access early transition metal redox manifolds.
- Investigating cooperative effects in olefin polymerization toward new reactions such as CO2/ethylene copolymerization.
- Exploring fundamental inorganic syntheses involving multimetallic and other potentially redox noninnocent regimes.
The research involves a significant amount of organic, organometallic and inorganic synthesis as well as detailed mechanistic studies. The Tonks group regularly collaborates with theorists, organic chemists, and polymer chemists, with an eye toward translating chemistry into practical, useful protocols.